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Chester Bowl Ski & Snowboard Lottery Tuesday 10/24/17

The 2017 Chester Bowl Ski and Snowboard Lottery is Tuesday, October 24th, at the Vineyard Church (1533 W Arrowhead Road).

Registration begins at 5:30, with the program starting at 6pm. Because of the time required to park and register, we strongly recommend arriving no later than 5:45 pm so that we can start promptly at 6.

The Ski and Snowboard Lottery is a required event for anyone looking to rent gear for the season at Chester Bowl. All season rental families must also purchase a Chester Bowl Season Pass. Our rental system is different than most ski areas; we rent out equipment for the entire season, and it is yours to keep with you all winter, even using at other ski areas.  We do NOT offer daily equipment rentals.  Rentals packages are either a ski package (skis, boots, poles, helmet) or a snowboard package (snowboard, boots, helmet).

As you arrive, you will register yourself to have your family added to our lottery.  Once the event starts, Chester Bowl staff and volunteers will give a brief overview of the programs offered at Chester Bowl, as well as upcoming events and the required volunteering commitment.  We will then draw names of the families in attendance. When your name is called, you will go to the signup area and register your family for the earliest remaining fitting time that works for you. You are then able to leave the lottery.  Families that are new to Chester Bowl and those that completed their volunteer hours last winter are in the first pool to be drawn. Those that were prior participants and did NOT complete their volunteer hours will be in the second drawing.

You will also have the opportunity to begin signing up for your volunteer hours, and also to purchase tickets to November 10th’s Skis, Suds, & Slices fundraiser.

Fitting dates will be published soon, but we will have at least nine fitting nights on weeknights starting on the 1st of November.

Only one adult from each family needs to attend the lottery.  Children are welcome, but most families choose to come without them if possible.  No payments are required or accepted at the lottery. Payment is due at the time of purchase/rental at the fitting nights.

Last year we were able to pilot a snowboard rental program with 50 snowboards thanks to a grant from Essentia Health Community Contributions. Because demand last year far exceeded our supply, we did purchase additional equipment this offseason and have nearly doubled our snowboard inventory!  The snowboard fittings will be on the first fitting night. Families can sign up for both a snowboard and skis so that they have a ski fitting night reserved if they were not able to get a snowboard.

If you are not renting gear this year, and are just purchasing a season pass, you DO NOT need to attend the lottery.  If you are hoping to rent gear, but can not get someone to the lottery, please contact us as soon as possible AFTER the lottery, and we will add you to the fittings as space is available.

In many winters we do rent out all of our equipment to those who have come to the lottery, and may not be able to accommodate everyone who contacts us after the lottery,  so we STRONGLY recommend coming to the lottery if you want to rent gear this season.

With any questions about our winter program, please contact Sam at 724-9832 or sam@chesterbowl.org.

Fun Slope Open

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Our Fun Slope is open, and our skiers and boarders are loving the new addition to the hill!  We held our grand opening on Friday, January 22nd.

Working with private contractors and city staff, the Chester Bowl Improvement Club was able to facilitate the addition of a new run- our “Fun Slope”. This newly skiable area is peppered with berms and waves of snow, creating a unique ski and snowboard experience that skiers and boarders of all ages are sure to love. We had another problem- this area was not adequately lit! Without new- and expensive- lighting, we would need to close this area off each day after darkness fell. This wasn’t a good option for us, so we sought out partners to make a lighting project happen.

I can’t overemphasize how much we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses to help us accomplish projects like our FunSlope. As a very small non-profit with only 2 year-round staff, we could not make this happen otherwise.

Thank you to the following individuals and organizations who contributed to this project with a donation of time and/or materials:

For our lighting project: Scott Haedtke, Gausman and Moore, initial lighting plan; Brandon Smith, Holophane, donation of lighting materials; Jordan Oja, Corey Eye-lee, and Dale Tikka, Simco electrical work and materials; The Minnesota Power Foundation for a grant for the light pole and installation.

City Crews were also heavily involved in all aspects of this project: Joe Miller, overall planning and oversight; The entire Parks and Rec trails and trees crew, including Ben Sosnieki, Bob Bugbee, Bob Dunsmore, Billy Davis, Darrin Frankoviak (also our lead groomer who constructed the snow elements); Doug Rosas, Larry Abrahamson, Todd Halbakken.
The project also included a new lower lift building: Bryan Thoreson, Mark Kettelhut, Tony Livingston, Rick Hanson

As a volunteer driven organization, we also are indebted to our volunteer Board of Directors and Development Committee.  The idea began with recently retired Executive Director Thom Storm- Thank you for your vision, Thom

We appreciate all of the local media coverage we received.  You can see what everyone is saying about the Fun Slope at the links below.

http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/local/Fun-Slope-at-Chester-Bowl-opens-366317901.html

 http://www.wdio.com/article/stories/S4026103.shtml?cat=10335

 http://www.fox21online.com/news/local-news/a-beloved-duluth-park-gets-a-new-attraction/37590728

 http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/video/1yjstIXT 

 

Chester Bowl Mini-Master Plan Meeting 9/30

Chester Park has been going through a Mini-Master Planning process. This plan outlines the types of changes that could be made in the park without going through the full future public approval process.  The final meeting is Tuesday, 9/30, at 6pm at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School (1027 N 8th Ave E).  You can come in person or make comments online.  Please participate in this process so that your voice is heard!  Full details on the plan and the process are at http://www.duluthmn.gov/parks/.
A letter from Parks and Recreation Manager Kathleen Bergen is below:
September 22, 2014

Dear Neighbor of Chester Park,

You are invited to attend a public meeting to review and comment on the final draft of the Mini-Master Plan for Chester Park before it goes to the Parks Commission and City Council.  The proposed Plan, developed by SAS + Associates in coordination with City staff, the Chester Bowl Improvement Club, stakeholder group representatives, and the public, will be presented during the meeting, followed by a question and answer session.

This meeting will be on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Myers- Wilkins Elementary School Media Center. The address is 1027 N 8th Ave E, Duluth, MN 55805.

In addition to sending this letter to Chester Park neighbors, we are issuing our standard press release to invite the general public to attend. We want to hear your comments and feedback. The draft Plan is available for review at the Parks and Recreation website: http://www.duluthmn.gov/parks/

If you are unable to attend the public meeting or would prefer to send written comments, the comment form on our website will be available through Friday, October 3, 2014.

Other Important Dates: After revising the draft Plan based on comments shared online and at the final public meeting on September 30, our goal is to present the Chester Park Mini-Master Plan to the Parks Commission on Wednesday, October 8 at 5 pm at the Central Hillside Center (12 E 4th St). If the Plan is approved at that meeting, the final step will be to present the Plan to the City Council on October 13.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Kathleen Bergen

Manager, Parks and Recreation

218-730-4309

Ski Lottery October 21

*** Please note: this post has been updated to reflect the new Ski Lottery date of October 21 and the new hill cleaning date of October 25. We apologize for the inconvenience.

2014-15 Chester Bowl Ski Program
Information Night and Lottery
Tuesday, October 21
Approximately 6:15-8:00pm
Ordean-East Middle School Cafeteria
2900 E. 4th St. (Park in the lower

lot right next to the cafeteria)
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Chester Creek Concerts announced!

We are very excited to announce our 2014 Chester Creek Concerts lineup! Music starts at 7pm each night, but feel free to come early to find a spot and greet friends new and old! This is our 32nd year of the concert series, and is a joint effort between the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department and the Chester Bowl Improvement Club.

June 3: Chmielewski Funtime Band
June 10: Lake City Smokin Section
June 17: Charlie Parr
June 24 Fish Heads
July 1: Saint Anyway
July 8: Rock a Billy Revue
July 15: The Formal Age
July 22: Sound Incorporated
July 29: Busterville
August 5:

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August 12 & 19: rain dates if needed

Thanks to Midwest Communications for being our media sponsor! We hope to see everyone out at the concerts!

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will be collecting all rental equipment. We need of 10 volunteers each night to make this a smooth process for everyone. If you still need volunteer hours, or would just like to help out, please email chesterbowlpark@gmail.com. The times are 5:15-7:45pm each night. It is a fun team event to participate in.

We have over 800 sets of ski rentals to collect. Please make an effort to come on your assigned night to return your equipment. If that will not work, please come on any night. If you can not come on any of the three nights, please make arrangements with a friend or neighbor to turn in your skis. Last year 35 families did not return their skis on time, which resulted in a tremendous amount of work for our staff in trying to make individual appointments to collect skis.

LATE RETURN PENALTIES
1-7 Days, deposit forfeited, and last in the 2015 ski lottery.
8 Days +, no rental for 2015 season.

Rental Equipment Return Times

Tuesday, April 1, 5:30 to 7:30
LAST NAMES BEGINNING WITH A-H

Wednesday, April 2, 5:30-7:30
LAST NAMES BEGINNING WITH I-Q

Thursday, April 3, 5:30-7:30
LAST NAMES BEGINNING WITH R-Z and all remaining rentals.

Reservation Forms for the April 15 Ski Banquet will be available on ski return nights. All ski cadets, freestyle cadets and skiers that were in our racing program will receive awards.

Thanks for a great winter!

Winter Carnival rescheduled for Saturday March 15th.

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been postponed until Saturday, March 15, from 1-4pm. For parents that volunteered to help this Saturday, please let me know if you can help out on the 15th. For others, we are looking for help from 12:30-2:30 and 2:30-4:30 running games and other fun events.

Thank for supporting your park!